IMAG5310Greetings from Udine,  a small university city in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in northeastern Italy. Me and my classmate Ilona have been here already over a month, though it feels like we had arrived only a week ago.

I study physiotherapy and here in Udine I’m doing my practical training in the Gervasutta Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The first month I have worked with patients who have both neurological and musculoskeletal problems. I have worked together with some local physiotherapy students, which has been nice. It has been great to been able to speak English with other students and teachers, but at the same time I have not learned so much Italian.

In my free time I have worked out at the gym, done some shopping at local shopping IMAG5318centre, eaten some delicious Italian food (of course), walked around the city and met other Erasmus students. There is an active group of Erasmus students who organize many great events and parties here in Udine. Few weeks ago we prepared some typical dishes from our home countries and then we met and had this ”Eurodinner” together. Me and Ilona baked some cinnamon buns and they were a hit!

I think the best part of being in Italy so far, has been the earlier spring. While in Finland has still been snow and freeze, I have already enjoyed the sun in our balcony in March!IMG_20160314_123438

For the following two months I’ll stay in Italy, I have planned to do more travelling. I want to explore the region of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia – see the Alps, visit little villages and Trieste, the capital of the region. And of course, I have to visit the Venice. So, there are still many things to do and I’m a bit afraid those two months will go too fast…

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